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Martha Chaves is an award-winning comedian, writer, and actor whose career spans over two decades. Now Magazine describes her as “smart, sassy, provocative, and very funny.” She’s also a Stand-up Comedy Instructor at Humber College in the Comedy: Writing and Performance program.Martha has appeared multiple times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the We Are Funny That Way Festival, to name a few. Martha describes herself as the “most famous Nicaraguan-Canadian LGBTQ+ stand-up comedian in the world.” Still, despite being an act of such a uniquenature, she’s hilariously relatable, universally funny and accessible. She tours from coast to coast as a headliner for Yuk-Yuks (Canada’s premiere chain of comedy clubs) and is also in high demand for corporate performances, conferences, and speaking engagements.
She can frequently be heard on CBC’s The Debaters and Laugh Out Loud. She is a regular panellist on the popular CBC show Because News. Martha also starred in two TV specials broadcast nationally: Comics! on CBC and Something About Martha on CTV and the Comedy Network. Martha was named 2018’s Stand-up Comic of the Year by the Canadian Comedy Awards after being nominated seven years in a row. Her debut album, CHUNKY SALSA, was included in a list of 2019’s best comedy records in InterrobangMagazine. Martha has written and acted in several successful one-woman shows as a playwright. “Staying Alive” and “In Times of Trouble” were featured in the Soulo Festival and the Aluna Theatre Festival in Toronto, respectively. “The Diaries of a Young Lezbo” premiered at SOLOCOM in New York City.
Christel Bartelse is an Actor/Comedic Performer, Storyteller, Clown, Writer, and Educator. She got her start in comedy and improv with the Physical Comedy Duo "The Burnt Marshmallows (Canadian Comedy Award Nominees). She has created and written six award winning Solo Shows "Chaotica", "ONEymoon", "Significant Me", "All KIDDIng Aside", "The Surprise" and "Encore" and has toured them all across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She's seen on stages all over the Toronto Comedy Scene with her Character work and physical comedy.
She is the Co-Producer and Co-Host of the hit Storytelling Show "But That's Another Story" along with Briane Nasimok and also produces and hosts a Variety show in the city, "Chis and Christel's Collection" showcasing top talent in the city. Christel teaches numerous workshops in improv, physical comedy, and solo creation around the city and is proud faculty member of Humber College, Toronto Film School, and George Brown College. christelbartelse.com
Born in Ottawa, Ontario Allison Dore started her career in the entertainment industry as an actor. Itwasn’t until her older brother, renowned comedian Jon Dore, encouraged her to try stand-up that shegot introduced to the world of comedy. Years later, down a long and winding road, it lead her toSiriusXM Canada as a talk show host.It was here where Allison found her true passion in interviewing people and sharing their stories.Currently, Allison hosts the popular SiriusXM Canada Talks (ch. 167) show The Breakdown airing LIVEweekdays from 3-5pm ET. In September 2018, Allison founded Howl & Roar Records, a female centric comedy record label. 70% of the label’s focus is creating content with women in comedy, leaving space to work with anyone who needs support in the industry. The goal is to empower artists and amplify voices not always being heard in entertainment.Allison is a highly coveted speaker and host and shares her story of battling mental illness and addictionin order to bring hope to those who are currently struggling.
Ajahnis Charley (they/them/that bitch) is a Black, Non-Binary comedian and is the Just For Laughs’ New Face of Comedy: Canada. Well, one of them. But look how pretty they are!They are an alum of The Second City and they star in the HBO miniseries Station Eleven and Bell Media sitcom Shelved. They’ve story edited for upcoming comedy series Bria Mack Gets A Life, Stay Tooned, Dirts and has written news satire for platforms This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Beaverton and Because News. If you hear a pun about butts in Canadian media, they likely had something to do with it.The National Film Board produced Ajahnis' award-winning directorial debut, I AM GAY. Spoiler alert: they are very gay. Their international hit solo show THOTS & PRAYERS played at Toronto, Montreal, and New York Sketch Comedy Festivals. Ajahnis is a co-founder and co-producer of the Untitled Black Sketch Project, Canada's first all-Black sketch ensemble, unless Joe Pesci wants to join. Ajahnis is obsessed with Joe Pesci.
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